8 Great Caregiver Blogs

caregiver blogsAs a family caregiver trying to do your best to help your aging loved one while also juggling your job, family and many other commitments, you’re probably looking for all the support you can get. Family caregivers are a growing group; its online community is growing, too. To help you find the best online sources, here are Right at Home’s eight favorite blogs for caregivers.

1. Alzheimer’s Reading Room

Written by the son of a Alzheimer’s sufferer, the Alzheimer’s Reading Room blog shares news, research, information and advice for other caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Articles from the blog have been syndicated by several major news sources including The Wall Street Journal and Fox News.

2. The Caregiver’s Voice

This website and blog was created by the award-winning national spokesperson for family caregivers, Brenda Avadian. It focuses on giving advice and encouragement to “illuminate the caregiving journey” and help caregivers to help their loved ones.

3. Caring.com Blogs

This expansive website is a well-read and reputable resource for family caregivers on everything from helping the elderly with finances and end-of-life issues to satisfying the personal needs of the caregiver. Caring.com’s blog section offer advice from four experts in different areas: family tensions, geriatrics, self-care for caregivers and technology.

4. Concepts in Caregiving

This is another blog that focuses primarily on Alzheimer’s and dementia, with special sections for Alzheimer’s resources and an Alzheimer’s glossary. It also gives caregiver advice to anyone coping with the challenges of helping an aging loved one, from the perspective of a male caregiver.

5. The Dopamine Diaries

Named for the fluctuations in dopamine levels of the writer’s mother, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease and dementia, this blog offers a more personal perspective on caregiving. Through the ups and downs of this mother-daughter relationship, Margaret Massey offers “spirited reflections on dementia care and aging well.”

6. eCare Diary

The eCare Diary, with its mission of “simplifying life for the caregiver,” offers an informational blog as well as other tools and resources. It is run by a married couple who have served as family caregivers and worked in healthcare. Among the tools offered is the Care Diary, designed to help caregivers easily coordinate care and share information with their families.

7. Eldercare ABC Blog

The “ABC” stands for “About Being Connected”—a critical piece of the caregiver formula in the eyes of the married couple who run the blog. Based on their own caregiving experiences, these Sandwich Generation bloggers set out to create a community to help others through this challenging experience.

8. Transition Aging Parents

In addition to regular blogging, Transition Aging Parents founder Dale Carter offers many caregiver resources through the website. These include her ebook, podcasts, an ezine, radio broadcasts and recommendations for even more outside resources.

Please continue to read the Right at Home blog as well. Through the blog, we will continue to provide expert advice on caring for your loved one and yourself from our Right at Home care specialists. We invite you to subscribe now so you never miss our latest additions.

16 Comments

  1. Cindy Pawlak November 16, 2010 07:42 PM

    Caregivers are very special people who deserve all the recognition and resources available to them ---- the internet is a fabulous venue for providing support and knowledge to enable cargivers to be empowered for the individual(s) who relies on them.

  2. Angela Roeber November 17, 2010 11:39 AM

    Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Right at Home also offers a free online newsletter full of information, advice and support for adult caregiving. Click here for a preview of the Caring Right at Home newsletter.

  3. margaret massey November 17, 2010 12:22 PM

    Not sure how you found my little blog, but thank you kindly for including it in your list. I'm so glad you found it to be potentially helpful for your clients. Appreciatively, M

  4. Susan Baida November 17, 2010 01:36 PM

    Thank you for generating this list and for including eCareDiary! Caregiver blogs are a great way not only to share lessons from personal experiences, but also to help caregivers who often feel isolated take comfort in the fact that they are not alone. Thanks again!

  5. Brenda Avadian, MA November 18, 2010 12:35 PM
    What a surprise when Susan Baida of eCareDiary brought this to my attention! Thank you for helping TheCaregiversVoice.com bring hope and strength to caregivers through knowledge, support, and humor.
  6. Angela Roeber November 18, 2010 12:49 PM
    It is our pleasure. As a company, our job is to give caregivers the direction, support, and tools they need to fulfill their personal mission of service, as well as our corporate mission of improving the lives of those we serve. Thank you for helping us provide such resources.
  7. DEBBIE November 20, 2010 12:32 AM
    MY MOTHER LIVES WITH ME AND I COOK FOR HER TAKE HER TO HER DR APPTS AND MAKE SURE SHE TAKES HER MEDS. SHE SPEAKS WITH AN ELECTROLARNYX AND HAS NEVER DRIVEN I BECAME ILL ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO AND HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO WORK. WE ARE SUVIVING ON WHAT LITTLE MONEY I HAVE LEFT AND HER SS. SOMEONE TOLD ME THERE IS A PROGRAM THAT WILL PAY TO A CHILD WHO IS THE CARE GIVER OF AN AGING PARENT. cAN ANYONE HELP ME FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THIS? THANK YOU
  8. Angela Roeber November 22, 2010 08:48 AM

    Hi Debbie - Medicaid will sometimes pay the family member taking care of another family member. You will need to contact Medicaid services with your state to find out if this is available to you or not.

  9. Marty November 24, 2010 11:15 AM
    Debbie, In Oregon the program is called Adult Family Foster Care and it's run through the Department of Human Services. Ask for the Senior Services division of your state's DHS. You should certainly qualify, though funds are being cut off in some states these days. Hope you get help!!
  10. G-J March 24, 2011 05:02 PM
    I am 50 years old and am caregiver for my husband, who is 56 and has mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and lewy-body disease. Together we raise a 14 year old son who is a high school freshman. I blog on www.caregiving.com as G-J. I hope you'll stop by and visit.
  11. Curtis June 02, 2011 07:16 AM

    Translated: You have good points, that is why I always like to check your blog, it appears that you are an expert in this field. keep up the good work, my friend recommend your blog. My English is not very good, I am of the Germany.

    Vous avez de bons points il, c'est pourquoi j'aime toujours verifier votre blog, Il semble que vous etes un expert dans ce domaine. maintenir le bon travail, Mon ami recommander votre blog. Mon francais n'est pas tres bon, je suis de l'Allemagne.

  12. Emily August 01, 2012 03:48 PM
    We have an aunt that has the beginning stages of Alzheimers. She has recently began walking in the middle of the night. We have tried everything from over the counter medicine to Ambeiance and Zanix (Sp) nothing seems to work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  13. Emily August 01, 2012 03:50 PM

    We have an aunt that has the beginning stages of Alzheimers. She has recently began walking in the middle of the night. We have tried everything from over the counter medicine to Ambeiance and Zanix (Sp) nothing seems to work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  14. DrG January 07, 2013 04:01 PM

    Great list. I also wanted to suggest another blogazine created by a caregiver, who became a clinical pharmacist. At CareNovateMag.com, with a team of MDs, caregivers and nurses, we believe that an informed and educated patient and caregiver means improved health, literacy and caregiving. Visit http://www.carenovatemag.com and let us know what you think. Thanks.

  15. Brittney Wilson November 24, 2013 05:45 PM

    This is valuable information. Senior care giving is on the rise as the population ages and it is important to have good resources for families that are in need of care and individuals who are interested in pursuing care giving as a career. Did you know that November is National Caregiver month? Are you doing something special to honor caregivers you know?

  16. robert October 15, 2014 07:23 AM

    Why is my partner gravely ill become angry at me the caregiver

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